SPOILER WARNING: This article contains full show match results and video highlights from SmackDown Live, broadcast from the Bon Secours Welness Center in Greenville, South Carolina on Tuesday, August 14.
SummerSlam 2018 is just days away, and with 13 matches already booked on the card, there weren’t any more added last night on SmackDown Live.
That didn’t mean there wasn’t a good chance to hype up what we’ve already got, and tease how things may go down in Brooklyn.
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Read on for four things we learned from the SDLive go home show before the Biggest Event of the Summer.
1. AJ Styles vs Samoa Joe could be the best title match of his WWE career
After winning the belt off Jinder Mahal on SmackDown Live last November, AJ Styles has been a fighting champion.
He gave Mahal a number of rematches before doing just the same with Shinsuke Nakamura.
In between he had time to dispose of a joint assault on his title from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, as well as a Superstar Six-Pack Challenge at Fastlane.
At Extreme Rules last month, he shrugged off Rusev (who only got one attempt at the gold before being shunted to the pre-show).
He’s never shirked a fight, but to be honest, he hasn’t had a Truly Great title match either.
Arguably his most memorable moment as champ came in defeat in a crossbrand battle with Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series.
But all that could and should change this weekend.
Samoa Joe dragging AJ’s family into proceedings once more is a little hokey, sure, but it does feel like this match now has the needle and edge required for a real battle come Sunday. Bring it on, we say.
2. SAnitY need to get a little Cross now more than ever
The New Day are no pushovers.
They’re one of the most decorated (and most loved) tag teams currently in the WWE, and have more than earned their shot at The Bludgeon Brothers’ title this weekend.
But with another defeat last night, we’re beginning to worry for SAnitY.
A tag team built on an aura of danger don’t seem to be bringing that to the main roster.
There’s no shame in losing to The New Day, sure, but no great honour, either.
SAnitY need a shot in the arm to get some of that NXT vibe going, and what better way to do that than to mix in that missing ingredient, Nikki Cross.
Nikki won’t be fighting at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV and has been hanging around the main roster for a while now. There’s no better time to reunite her with her SAnitY teammates.
3. One of Charlotte or Becky Lynch will have to turn on the other this Sunday
Charlotte and Becky Lynch’s friendship has survived some stern tests in recent weeks.
Becky has seemingly got over her resentment at Flair walking into a title challenge after she had to slave for weeks and weeks to pick up enough wins to get a shot.
And Carmella attempted to stir things up between the two of them last night, but hasn’t had much luck.
But on Sunday it’s every woman for herself.
Charlotte and Becky could join forces to dispose of Carmella, but then they’ll still have each other to deal with.
And with it being a Triple Threat, the risk is that the two challengers are so concerned with maintaining their friendship through battle that they take their eye off the prize and allow Carmella to sneak yet another victory.
The smart move would be for one of the best friends to turn on the other, quickly. It won’t make them popular, but it should make them champion.
The obvious choice for that sort of betrayal is Charlotte, but could Becky’s frustrations at falling short for so long finally spill over? We’ll have to wait and see.
4. Could ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy pop by to help his Brother Nero on Sunday?
In the last few weeks, Matt Hardy has seemed less ‘Woken’ and more ‘Broken’.
He’s been posting heartstring-tugging social media posts about his past and present in wrestling, with the heavy suggestion being that there isn’t much of a future.
He and Bray Wyatt were defeated once again in their attempt to regain the Tag Team gold over on Raw, and from the look of things they’re no longer a team, though the split was amicable.
Even if Matt just needs some time out to regenerate, perhaps he could still play a role.
Jeff Hardy’s match against Shinsuke Nakamura for the US Title is still currently 1×1, despite The Viper circling around for weeks.
With Randy Orton sure to turn up, who better to even up the numbers than Jeff’s brother Matt? Another layer of intrigue in Brooklyn.
WWE SmackDown Live full show match results – Tuesday, August 14, 2018
- Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch def. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville
WINNERS: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch
- The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs SAnitY (Eric Young, Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe)
WINNERS: The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods)
- Aiden English vs Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
WINNER: Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas
- Jeff Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin
WINNER: Jeff Hardy
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